September 8, 2015

flower essences for sleep

Think about how you’d feel right now if you were resting on a soft blanket, under the stars in a meadow of beautiful flowers, with a soft breeze …

That’s the feeling you want to have when you go to sleep each night.

Now you can with flower essences: aqueous infusions of flowers that help relax you during the day and sleep more deeply at night.

When we look at the latest sleep statistics, there’s no doubt that most of us could use a little help from flowers.

:: Sleep Statistics ::

  • 1/3 of Americans have inability to sleep sometime during their lives (however this is an old statistic – whenever I give workshops I always ask folks to raise their hands if they have troubles sleeping and across the U.S. it’s at least 1 in every 2 people who can’t sleep!)
  • 30 million people in the U.S. are currently affected by inability to sleep
  • More than 10 million Americans use prescription medications to sleep
  • 2 million children have inability to sleep; 30-40% of children are not getting enough sleep
  • Sleeping pill prescriptions for children ages 10-18 has increased 85% in the last 3 years
  • As a culture we sleep 20% less than 100 years ago
  • The root cause of most sleep problems is stress 

Whereas the medical system regards inability to fall or stay asleep as a disorder, it is merely a symptom of our ever busier lifestyles; we find ourselves overwhelmed and overstimulated during the day, making it more difficult to relax when it’s time to sleep at night.

And while some people have turned to natural sleep supports like herbs and aromatherapy, most have not yet heard of one of the gentlest forms of natural medicine – flower essences – that work via the acupuncture meridians of the body. They do not have a scent and are traditionally taken internally.

Here’s the good news about flower essences for sleep:

They work.

Flower essences are effective and fast-acting, targeting the root causes of restless sleep, so that even chronic sufferers notice a remarkable difference in sleep quality within several nights.

Done. In less than a second.

As beneficial as meditation, yoga, and a good workout are for our overall health and sleep patterns, sometimes we just don’t have or make time for them. Using flower essences requires no major time commitment. It’s easy and convenient: take 5 drops sublingually 5 times a day, or put a dropperful into your water bottle each time you fill it up and drink it throughout the day. Taken regularly, they greatly benefit any health and wellness regimen (including meditation, yoga, and your workout).

Flower essences have no side effects.

They are safe for adults, pregnant and nursing moms, children, and the elderly, with no contraindications. This is revolutionary, because the side effects of sleeping pills can include dizziness, uncontrollable shaking, grogginess, stomach pain – the list goes on and on. Some are habit-forming and yet others cause parasomnia, which includes engaging in activities like driving and eating while fully asleep.

Statistics show an increasing number of adolescents being prescribed sleeping pills. We don’t yet know the long-term consequences of these medications on their bodies, at a time when their neurological and endocrine systems are not yet fully developed.

On the other hand, the short-term effects of flower essences are a greater sense of peace, strength, clarity, and happiness. When used regularly over time, they eliminate non-constructive patterns, accelerate personal growth and help you operate from your best self all the time.

They address root causes of sleep issues, which can be different for each person.

bird of paradise

For example, if you wake up in the middle of the night and you can’t get back to sleep because your mind is racing or thinking about your to-do list, Bird of Paradise flower essence helps to quiet the mind making it easier to fall back asleep.


If you find that you cannot get to sleep very easily because it’s hard to wind down from all of the activities of the day, Passionflower essence helps you let go and take a break – and when you wake up, everything you were previously busy trying to ‘figure out’ seems to have natural solution.


If you have workaholic tendencies or find it hard to let go, the Brugmansia flower essence comes to the rescue. When it’s difficult to stop and take breaks, or you find it hard to leave responsibilities in others’ hands, this flower enhances the ability to push back and let others take the wheel for a minute. It helps us let loose, take it easy and make time to enjoy life.



If you find that you wake up in the morning with tension in your body, Dandelion essence relaxes all your muscles, and helps you have more awareness of how and where you store stress in your body, so that ultimately – you can release it.

If you are a person who generally sleeps pretty well, you’ll sleep like a baby, from using flower essences right before you go to bed. If you’re among those who chronically have a difficult time sleeping, using flower essences regularly throughout the day will lead to the best results. Flower essences for sleep, taken during the day, do not put you to sleep. They simply relax your muscles and make you more clear and relaxed. Then when it’s time to go to sleep at night, you’re more able to let go and fall into a deep sleep.

Being aware of the way we experience stress is the key – then we can figure out which flowers will not only help us get to sleep more easily and stay asleep, but make us happier and more fulfilled in life during the day!

How do YOU sleep? What sleep rituals do you have?

Check out this simple ritual: Lemon + Grapefruit Sleep Stimulant.

Happy zzz …

Photo Credits: little girl sleeping – Virginia HK



Maya Hackett

of course the six of us sleep like babies on our lotus wei stash. but – this photo!! omg i am in love with that baby girl up there.



Maya! Totally. Right? Check out @bee_and_apple ~ she’s my faaaavorite instagrammer. ; )


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